Just before Christmas, I ran out of soap. I’d have thought it impossible but it happened.
Hence, I have been making soap galore. I plan to have a small stall at the Bridgetown Markets on Easter Sunday so I am trying to build up a range of soaps to sell. I love those in the top photo. I think they are really cute.
Here are some of my soaps all packaged and ready for the stall. We are putting each bar in a little organza bag. I was going to go all ivory but the purple ones look so cool I have decided to have some colour. I ordered 100 mixed coloured bags today.
Maus made the display boxes for me. They are perfect. They fit about 10 bars of soap. Our idea is that they will make it easy to carry the soap to the stall and will double as the display.
If you know Maus, you would know how amazing this is (not that she loves me but that she has already made 11 boxes). Usually, I have to nag her to make me something but this time she is way ahead of me. I only have four varieties of soap ready to be packaged. The rest are curing. I don’t think I will have time to make soap for all the boxes. Soap has to cure for, at least, one month so I only have this stay in Bridgetown to make all the soap I need.
Check out the wood on the ends of the boxes. It proves what a hoarder Maus is. It is Oregon from our original bathroom in Perth. We had the bathroom renovated in 1997 and Maus has kept the wood from the linen cupboard all this time in case it came in handy. And it has!!! The house was built in 1926 so it is pretty old wood.
I have also been making guest soaps galore. My sister, Vickie, has ordered 100 small heart-themed soaps. She is going to donate them to her local primary school’s Mother’s Day stall. My sister, Sandra, gave me two heart-shaped moulds for my birthday so it was fortuitous. The hardest part, when making these soaps, is getting the heart central. We haven’t quite conquered it.
Vickie indicated the boys may want to give their mums blue soaps so I made these guys. Notice how smooth the edges of these soaps are compared to the pink ones in the above photo. Maus didn’t think I did a good job smoothing the edges so she sat up one night until 2:00am and smoothed them for me. She used a very fine sandpaper and a damp cloth.
When making soap, there are always bits left over and shavings from when the bars are cut and cleaned up. I have been making soap balls with these bits, not wanting to waste the perfectly good soap. I hope I can sell them.